Ogden Museum of Southern Art to host free admission day on Aug. 25

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host a free admission day celebrating the museum’s 15th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 25. The day of free programming will feature kid and adult art activities, yoga, music, performances and other family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., there will be activities based on works of art currently on view at the museum. Guests of all ages will be able to create watercolor paintings inspired by Walter Anderson, make collages inspired by Benny Andrews or learn about kinetic sculptures inspired by Lin Emery. Other kid friendly birthday party activities include making party hats and playing pin the tail on the Universal Mule, Jack Niven’s popular work in the Ogden Museum’s Permanent Collection currently on view on the fifth floor.

Adults are also invited to participate in a variety of programming during this free admission day.

At 11 a.m., artist and educator Mikhayla Anderson will lead a free yoga class for all levels in the Patrick F. Taylor Library. The class will focus on mindful breathing and dynamic movement inspired by a work of art from Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation. Starting at 2:30 p.m., adults can explore their creative side through a drop in drawing session, letterpress card making or creating pom pom accessories.

Throughout the day, there will also be performances by Young Audiences’ Dave James, Dancing Grounds, the Ogden Museum’s Teen Docent Puppet Theater and DJ Heelturn. La Cocinita and Fete au Fete food trucks will have food for purchase from noon to 2 p.m. during this free admission day, and Plum Street Snoballs will provide complimentary snowballs. Starting at 3 p.m., there will be a cocktail hour featuring the O!Possum, an Anniversary Celebration specialty cocktail.

Guests are also invited to explore the Museum’s exhibitions during this free admission day by participating in a scavenger hunt designed to take you on a self-guided tour of the Museum or by joining a group for a docent-led tour. Exhibitions that will be on view during the Anniversary Celebration include Salazar: Portraits of Influences in Spanish New Orleans, 1785 – 1802, Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation, Doris Ulmann: From the Highlands to the Lowlands, as well as works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

“We hope this Anniversary Celebration of Ogden Museum’s 15th year will serve as an opportunity for the community to experience all that the Museum has to offer,” says William Pittman Andrews, Executive Director of the Ogden Museum. “This free admission day will provide people of all ages the chance to participate in a variety of programming and create their own connections with our institution.”

For more information regarding the Ogden Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration, visit the website.

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